General English

For students who wish to improve their level of confidence, accuracy and fluency in Communicative English language skills

Programme at a glance.

2 - 24 weeks - ABC General English Full-Time - Morning (20 hrs/week)
Participants can expect to cover the four main language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. For students who wish to improve their level of confidence, accuracy and fluency in Communicative English language skills.

Note: All courses are accredited and approved by English New Zealand and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and have a reputation for quality and excellence.

Entry Level
2nd Monday of each month
2 - 24+ Weeks
Class Size
Minimum 6 | Maximum 20

Program Overview.

Our General English Course offers a programme of study for students over the age of 18, who wish to improve their level of confidence, accuracy and fluency in Communicative English language skills.

World-Class Educators.

Our English language school which has gained a reputation for providing first class English language tuition and excellent student services.

We are proud to be recognized as a NZQA Category 1 provider.

You will be taught by our qualified and professional ESL teachers with small classes - maximum of 20 students per class (minimum 6 students) ensuring maximum individual attention.

The Course Structure.

  • Lessons will take place in the morning between 8.30am and 1.00pm in the afternoon, with a half hour break included.
  • All students must speak English while on campus. This is important English language development for students with English as a second language.

Work & Study Options.

ABC is a Category 1 provider allowing student visa holders to work part time (up to 20hours/week)


Note: Costs per week decrease the longer you choose to study. See below a guideline of prices per length of study.

2 - 12 Weeks

13 - 23 Weeks

24+ Weeks


$415 / week

$390 / week

$370 / week

Enrolment Fee*


*All fees are in NZD$

Applicants must meet the following requirements.

All students must be 18 years of age or older at the time of course commencement.

Note: if you want to work for up to 20 hours per week while you study on a Student Visa, you must enrol for a minimum period of 14 weeks.

International students are required to provide insurance to tertiary providers.


Is my accommodation guaranteed?


We can often provide students with their accommodation requests, however, Queenstown is a very busy place and occasionally accommodation does book out. You will be notified if this is the case, and we always recommend booking with plenty of time in advance to avoid disappointment!

What nationalities go to ABC?


Variety of nationalities throughout Asia, South America and Europe.

What hours will I be studying?


8.30am - 1.00pm. 30 minute break at 10.30am.

Do you provide accommodation?


Yes. 95% of our students reside at our Student Residence, Shotover Lodge. Homestay is available, subject to availability. Book early and for the full duration of study to avoid disappointment!

Can I work while I am studying?


Generally, yes. If you study for 14 weeks or more on a student visa you may be entitled to 20hrs per week. You can also work if you have a working holiday visa. Always check the conditions on your visa for specific details.

What programmes do you have?


We currently offer General English and Academic English. More courses coming in the future!

How easy is it to get around?


The closest bus station is just a 3-minute walk from the school. Queenstown Airport is only a 20-minute bus ride away.

Where is the campus located?


ABC College of English Queenstown is located in the city of Queenstown, on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, on New Zealand's South Island. The school is located in the heart of Queenstown, with many eateries, bars and interesting venues nearby. Attractions within walking distance of the school include Queenstown Bay Beach, several extreme sports venues such as Shotover Canyon Swing, iFLY Indoor Skydiving and green areas such as Queenstown Gardens. There are also various supermarkets, amenities and links to public transport nearby. The popular Queenstown Bay is a 3-minute walk from the school and has fantastic views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu.

Why do students choose ABC?


Conveniently located in the centre of Queenstown, across from Queenstown Gardens and close to the shops, banks and bus stop. Ability to combine English language learning and an adventure activity experience such as snowboarding.

Whats the minimum age for enrolment?


You must be 18 years of age to enrol